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Moderna COVID-19 vaccine appears safe, shows signs of working in older adults - study

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29 September 2020
 

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Results from an early safety study of Moderna Inc's coronavirus vaccine candidate in older adults showed that it produced virus-neutralizing antibodies at levels similar to those seen in younger adults, with side effects roughly on par with high-dose flu shots, researchers said on Tuesday.

The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, offers a more complete picture of the vaccine's safety in older adults, a group at increased risk of severe complications from COVID-19.

The findings are reassuring because immunity tends to weaken with age, Dr. Evan Anderson, one of the study's lead researchers from Emory University in Atlanta, said in a phone interview.

 

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Pay attention, folks. University/College kids are away from granny. Right now they are being isolated from each other and treated as if they are in grave danger. They can protect granny at virtually n

No thanks, to an mRNA vaccine.   I am healthy, so my risk of dying from Covid is the same as my dying from the flu. I am pretty sure I got it back in February anyway. I want to be exposed to

Your choice. I can understand hesitation on the use of an mRNA type vaccine. Mind you, the cancer patients who are being given a new lease on life because of the mRNA methodology would not agree with

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Overall, the team found that in older adults who received two injections of the 100 microgram dose 28 days apart, the vaccine produced immune responses roughly in line with those seen in younger adults.

Does that mean younger adults that have not gotten the vaccine at all, or do they mean it was uniform across the age range?

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8 minutes ago, nemo38 said:

If this was about saving lives they would be encouraged to mix freely and catch Covid

and then go home or out to a pub and infect someone...an older person or someone with an underlying condition...killing them.....some community service that is.

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12 minutes ago, nemo38 said:

If this was about saving lives they would be encouraged to mix freely and catch Covid when they are away at college.

...then go home and kill granny

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14 hours ago, nemo38 said:

No thanks, to an mRNA vaccine.

 

I am healthy, so my risk of dying from Covid is the same as my dying from the flu. I am pretty sure I got it back in February anyway. I want to be exposed to regular viruses as they come up, so I don't want to be forced to wear a mask.

 

It is incredible that students, who have virtually no risk from Covid, are being told to isolate. If this was about saving lives they would be encouraged to mix freely and catch Covid when they are away at college. That is a community service.

 

Your choice. I can understand hesitation on the use of an mRNA type vaccine. Mind you, the cancer patients who are being given a new lease on life because of the mRNA methodology would not agree with you. I bet you would be begging for an mRNA vaccine option if you had an inoperable  brain tumor or  cancer of your testicle.

In respect to what you think you had in February, it is unlikely. Many of us had that bad cold that was making the rounds. 

Your position that the university students need not worry is cavalier. Will you guarantee that they won't have blood clotting issues, fatigue, scarred lungs, myocarditis etc. that persists for weeks or months?

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3 hours ago, Rancid said:

Side effects ranged from fatigue (80%), chills (80%), headache (60%) and myalgia or muscle pain (53%). After the second dose, 100% of participants in the 100-mcg group experienced side effects.

These side effects look like the vaccine’s successfully revving up the immune system. As long as the vaccination came with a certificate that freed me to travel again, I’d happily endure far worse, although I’m certainly opposed to any compulsory vaccination.

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Not that unusual to get medical checks before obtaining a visa, so completely plausible for a vaccination cert to be required in the future. 

 

For my current visa I needed a full medical report required by the embassy which includes a medical examination, urinalysis, blood test for HIV, syphilis, Hepatitis B & C, & liver function. 

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On 10/1/2020 at 9:02 AM, geriatrickid said:

Your choice. I can understand hesitation on the use of an mRNA type vaccine. Mind you, the cancer patients who are being given a new lease on life because of the mRNA methodology would not agree with you. I bet you would be begging for an mRNA vaccine option if you had an inoperable  brain tumor or  cancer of your testicle.

In respect to what you think you had in February, it is unlikely. Many of us had that bad cold that was making the rounds. 

Your position that the university students need not worry is cavalier. Will you guarantee that they won't have blood clotting issues, fatigue, scarred lungs, myocarditis etc. that persists for weeks or months?

 

Yes, I think it's about balance of probabilities. As a 60 year old male, I will probably go with the vaccine, since I am at a much higher risk of developing a life threatening condition from Covid19, whilst the risk from a vaccine is likely very small. I don't think youngsters, unless in a high risk category, need to take the jab.

 

 

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